Monday, August 18, 2014

August blooms and foliage

There isn't a lot going on in the garden which is typical for August. We have had some relief from the humidity with some really nice days. Next week, however, promised to be a scorcher.

The Sweet Autumn Clematis is beginning to bloom. It always blooms in August. Despite the fact that this vine is in almost complete shade, it does well.

 


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It was a dud year for hydrangea blooms (because of the cold winter) but the foliage is looking great as a result of the recent rainfall.

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hydrangeas

Rudbeckia and Sweet Potato Vine on the lamppost.

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Early morning sunrise


morning

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Hummingbird frenzy



I know, this doesn't look like much of a frenzy but we have more hummingbirds this year than I can ever recall. This feeder is on the patio and I only see one hummingbird on it. However, on the north side of the house, outside our kitchen window, is where the action is. We have counted at least 8 hummers at one time and in past seasons only one or two. I added a second feeder to alleviate the traffic and it just seems to be growing. They are so much fun to watch.

Text and photos by Phillip Oliver, Dirt Therapy